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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW: MAY 8-14, 2011

dinerA painter finishes off a welcome sign in the window of Broadway Diner. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A roundup of articles appearing last week here on redbankgreen is below.

In crime news:  A Middletown teen was charged in the death of an 18-year-old passenger back in February. Police also arrested a man for allegedly crashing through a work zone. Federal authorities, in a script sweep that netted 21 arrests, charged a Little Silver doctor with running an illegal prescription ring. Here’s the Red Bank police blotter; here’s Middletown’s.

Fair Haven Councilman Ben Lucarelli, so disturbed by the tenor of a recent zoning board meeting, proposed to disband the board, and the council will launch a “mini summit” to address the concerns.

A Fair Haven resident is none too pleased with the idea of a big black box being planted on River Road, part of a countywide initiative to upgrade aged traffic lights.

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna got a lot of coverage last week, beginning with an announcement that he’s holding informal meetings the next few Saturdays to chat it up with residents. Read more about his first meetup here later. Menna also made a proposal to add valet parking and rooftop dining to the downtown’s summer features, and said the borough will go after state money to continue laying artificial turf at Count Basie Fields.

A day after he and other officials took it on the chin from West Side resident Freddie Boynton over the park’s hours, Menna said the park would be open earlier to accommodate the early risers. He also said there will only be an entry charge at one municipally-owned property — as opposed to three — at Riverside Gardens, for ten bucks to watch the fireworks.

NovelTeas, the West Side’s book-and-beverage hot spot, has changed ownership.

Picture-perfect weather early in the week inspired one artist to visit Rumson for the day to paint a waterfront scene at Victory Park.We snapped another photo of a guy working on a shroomy roof in Red Bank.

Also in Rumson, a money-saving plan by borough officials to reduce its commercial trash pickup has some business owners p.o.’d.

Here’s a local story that crosses state lines, about a Little Silver couple’s surrogacy experience.

And in a  story run by the Star-Ledger, Sea Bright Mayor Maria Fernandes refutes data that says her shore town’s residence are fleeing the beach. In other Sea Bright news, borough Administrator Maryann Smeltzer announced she’s retiring. Here’s her story.

A ‘Done Good’ wrap-up of charitable efforts here.

As always, thanks for reading. If you didn’t catch it, redbankgreen announced that it has joined forces with about 30 other locally-owned and operated news sites in the Authentically Local initiative, more or less a reminder to readers and advertisers that we’re homegrown and have a stake in what’s going on in the area.

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TAR BEACH SOLSTICE
Aldo Quiroz of Ocean Township came ready with his beach chair and found a shady spot to spend his lunch hour in a parking lot off Broad Stre ...
GOING GREY
Workers painting the stone facade of the PNC Bank at the corner of Broad and Harding Thursday morning. An upgrade? Maybe it’s just pri ...
COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.
PEAK COLOR ON BROAD
RED BANK: A year after they were installed, downtown mini gardens have added to "transformational" improvements, says business owner.
RED BANK: FAIRIES MOVE IN ON WHITE STREET
Red Bank: Girl scouts turns tiny parking lot plot of dirt into a "magical girls sparkle garden."
TRAINING UNDER FIRE
RED BANK: Volunteer firefighters train to cut into pitched roofs under active fire conditions.
“SUPERMOM” WANTS YOUR VOTE
Business owner. Dyed in the wool, lifelong Red Banker. Mother of six. Yup, seems like Anita Pierce does it all. In other words, she’s ...
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS
RED BANK: Town prepares for Saturday's Pride in the Park celebration with another lawn art design by public works supervisor and Fire Chief ...
MOVIES VIA LIBRARY
RED BANK: Public Library now offers members access to streaming movies via Kanopy, with some 30,000 titles and tons of content for kids.
NEW RAINBOW CROSSWALK ON BROWN PLACE
Kicking off pride month, some Brown Place and Spring Street residents, ages 5 to 11, constructed a rainbow crosswalk with chalk over the wee ...
WHAT TO WEAR?
RED BANK: Dressmakers' mannequins appeared to mull what to wear as they looked down on Monmouth Street last week.
SYMPHONY RETURNS JUNE 29
RED BANK: An annual crowd pleaser returns June 29 with a free concert in Marine Park by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, RiverCenter said ...
Heard on the Green
Heard on the Green
DUCK RESCUE EFFORT
Duckling rescue attempt underway in sewer at East Front and Broad, 10:29 a.m.
HOUSING CRUNCH
Demolition begins for new apartments at Globe Court and Mechanic Street.
FEELING SNAPPY
      Snapping Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs this time of year and are a common site along the Swimming River waterfr ...
TUB TIME
RED BANK: A sparrow waits for the next available dirt tub while two others take their Sunday baths. (Click for video.)
CHECK IT OUT
A bench outside the Red Bank Public Library provided a serene view of our beautiful Navesink River Monday evening.